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UPI Photo PLAZA LIGHTS ON AGAIN — Some of a crowd of 100,000 view the Christmas lights which outline the Spanish decor skyline of Kansas City's County Club Plaza after the 152,000 bulbs were turned on Thursday night. A FLIP of the SWITCH 100,000 watch as bulbs outline Plaza buildings KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) — The sky was clear, the temperatures chilly and the breath from 100,000 carolers frosted in the night air — all part of the Country Club Plaza lighting ceremony tradition. Christmas officially arrived for Kansas Citians at 8 p.m. Thursday when the flip of a switch illuminated the Plaza skyline with a myriad of colors. Alberts lead ceremony Eddie Albert and son, Edward, took time out from acting at the Folly Theater to frolic with Scotty the Magic Christmas Tree, belt out a few holiday melodies and participate in the final countdown before the rainbow of colored lights festooned the nation's oldest shopping area. Characters from the Worlds of Fun amusement park helped celebrate the 52-year-old tradition that began in the 1920s with a single strand of colored lights. The ceremony since has blossomed into a spectrum of more than 152,000 bulbs strung on 46 miles of wiring. Sam Panda, Dan'l Coon .and Grrrr-trude Gorilla Joined jolly ol' Saint Nick in singing holiday carols sung by the Conservatory of Music Civic Chorus. Many within the crowd abandoned turkey-laden tables . and television football games 'in the afternoon to get to the Plaza early enough to get a good view of the event, sponsored by the Plaza Merchants' Association. Weeks of work Work on the display started in September. It took 3,000 man hours and 90 days to install and authorities expected that more than 5,000 bulbs will need to be replaced during the holiday season. The lights will remain on until Jan. 3. Today\ Today is Friday, Nov. 27, the 331st day of 1981 with 34 to follow. .American historian Charles Beard was born Nov. 27,1874. Also on this date in history: In 1901, the War Department authorized creation of the Army War College to instruct commissioned officers. In 1912, The Kansas City Star reported that "Phil Billard, son of the Topeka mayor ... dazzles the natives by flying loops and circles and figure-eights around the statehouse dome." In 1945, President Harry Truman named General George Marshall special representative to China. >, Thought for the day General George Marshall said: "You can have all the material in the world, but without morale it is largely ineffective." Inside Area News 17 Comics 21 Courts 11 Crossword 5 Deaths 11 Dr. Donohue....9 Gossip Col. 3 Hospitals H Weather Living 8 Local 11,12 Markets U Opinion 4 Sports 13-15 TV-Films 16 Want-Ads...18-21 Weather U Cloudy Friday night and Saturday. A slight chance of snow Northwest and showers over the rest of the state Saturday. Lows Friday night mid 20s Northwest to mid and upper 90s Southeast Highi Saturday In the 30s Northwest to around 50 Southeast. •4— In Sunday's Salina Journal Highlights of Sunday's Salina Journal wtil include: • How does the remaining parent cope when his or her marital partner suddenly disappears, and what steps are taken to find the missing spouse? Living Today staff writer Diane Johnson takes a close look at the problem. • Flights south by waterfowl are a familiar harbinger of winter. Features Editor Beccy Tanner and Journal photographers combine for a photo essay. • Great Plains Editor Linda Mowery writes about a Rexford woman who paints on plow discs, and about conversion of old Rock Island passenger trains at Herington into electronic game trains. Take hunting trip in SUNFLOWER Sunday's SUNFLOWER takes you on a hunting trip with a Concordia area farm family. You'll also find information on having a safe and merry Christmas, the final reminder on SUN- FLOWER'a Christmas contests and directions in "Crafts Sampler" on how to make a Santa decoration. Basketball Preview coming The Salina Journal'* 1981-82 Basketball Preview will appear in Sunday's edition. The special 32-page section will give Journal readers an opportunity to see bow their favorite team may fare this winter. The section will cover area high school and college teams and leagues. Toe Jeumal'i preseason rankings will be published along with the arts'* Top » hoys' and girls' players- Reagan says Soviets may heed U.S. clout SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (UPI) — President Reagan says the U.S. military buildup may provide hope for success in his proposal to the Soviet Union for nuclear disarmament in Europe. "There's a cartoon that tells it all," Reagan said during an interview with ABC that was broadcast Thanksgiving night. "It was in a paper recently ... (Soviet President Leonid) Brezhnev saying to a Russian general, 'I liked the arms race better when we were the only ones in it.'" Reagan was asked if there was "a sign of hope" in the proposal he made to the Russians last week. "One of the things going for us in these negotiations is that this is the first time we have sat at the table opposite them in which they've got some interest in coming together in the negotiation because we're not busily disarming ourselves," Reagan said. "Now they know we have the determination to go ahead and the very fact that the Congress — the bipartisan matter has come together on this — has agreed on this defense program, now they've got an interest in and a stake in legitimate negotiations, and we're going to pursue them as far as we can." Despite the Soviet Union's rejection of the proposal so far, Reagan noted that Brezhnev also had called for a reduction in forces. "Well, you start bargaining from there. We'll negotiate in good faith, but we'll do everything we can to get it to zero," Reagan said. Thanksgiving rid* On Thanksgiving Day, Reagan and his wife Nancy too* their hones, Little and. No StriMi, for their usual •'—'ride at RJSfip del Cielo and I traditiOM} turkey dinner of their family, 25 CENTS The SALINA Salina Journal 110th YEAR No. 331 SALINA, KANSAS, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 1981 22 Pages Americans pause for day to count their blessings By United Press International For 250 homeless and handicapped people in New York City, Thanksgiving was an elegant free meal served by waiters in tuxedos. For three children stricken with rare diseases, it was their first chance to eat a Thanksgiving dinner. Millions of other Americans remembered the nation's historic origins and braved the elements Thursday to view annual parades sponsored by Macy's department store in New York — its 55th annual parade — and the 62nd annual Gimbels Thanksgiving Day Parade in Philadelphia. Special invitations Many of the homeless, blind and lame guests who crowded The Lamb's held engraved invitations to the affair. They also listened to singer Glen Davish run through a few of the songs from the Broadway hit, "The Fantasticks." For the first time in their lives 2- year-old twins Kate and Kelly Daley were able to feast on a special Thanksgiving Day dinner after two months of special treatments in a West German clinic. The twins from Newburgh, N.Y., suffer from a congenital disease — epi- dermolysis bullose — that affects one child in every 50,000 and causes their skin to blister externally and internally. They had been unable to eat semisolid or solid food without choking or crying out in pain. The parents of Nicole Fairchild, 7, were thankful their daughter was finally able to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Food had to be pumped into the second MOUSEY MARCHER - Mickey Mouse surveys the scene during the annual Macy's grader's stomach through a tube in her throat until several weeks ago because she was born without an esophagus. Surgeons at Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, made an esophagus from a piece of Nicole's colon so she UPI Photo Thanksgiving Day parade in New York. can eat normally. "This is the happiest time of our whole life," said Nicole's mother, Connie Fairchild. "It's all the good words (See THANKS, Page 2) Violent weather taking toll on Thanksgiving motorists By United Press International Motorists venturing out on roads in the Midwest Friday were greeted with violent thunderstorms, high winds and heavy snows in some areas that made the trip home from holiday dinners treacherous. A United Press International count Friday showed there had been at least 172 traffic deaths nationwide since the Thanksgiving Day holiday began at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Florida leads list Florida reported 18 traffic fatalities, followed by California with 17, Texas with 13, Indiana with 11, Illinois with eight and Pennsylvania with seven. Slush and ice were blamed for at least five holiday traffic fatalities in Colorado and a truck driver was killed on "dead man's curve" west of Denver Thursday. A strong cold front moved through Il- linois and Indiana, scattering snow over Minnesota and upper Michigan and rain and thunderstorms through lower Michigan and southern Illinois. Several inches of new snow were dumped on the northern plains, making travel difficult in some areas. Another two inches of snow fell at Duluth, Minn., leaving nine inches on the ground. A winter storm warning was in effect over upper Michigan Thursday night where an additional half foot of snow was forecast and travelers advisories covered northeastern Minnesota and northwestern Wisconsin. Five deaths in Indiana were blamed on one accident that occurred when an elderly woman lost control of her car just south of Indianapolis and crossed the median, striking two oncoming cars. Essie P. Coe, 75, crossed the median and glanced off one southbound car before hitting another head-on, killing Mrs. Coe and the four occupants of the other car. Four people died in a head-on collision in Tucson, Ariz., when a car rammed into a van being pushed by five pedestrians along a highway. The National Safety Council said between 480 and 580 people probably would die in traffic accidents during the holiday period and 21,000 to 25,000 people may suffer disabling injuries. Last year during the four-day Thanksgiving holiday, 522 people were killed and 22,800 people were seriously injured in traffic mishaps. 55 saves lives The council urged travelers to observe the 55 mph speed limit, citing studies indicating 45,000 lives had been saved since the law went into effect in 1974. In addition, the group said, more than 12,000 lives could be saved each year if all drivers and passengers used their safety belts. 'Reaganville 1 set up to protest cuts WASHINGTON (UPI) — As the nation dined on Thanksgiving meals, a group attempted to dramatize the plight of the poor and hungry by erecting 10 tents across the street from the White House dubbed "Rea- ganville." The Community for Creative Non-Violence, a group known in the Washington area for dramatic protest efforts, set up the camping tents in Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to protest welfare cuts by the Reagan administration. Organizer Mitch Snyder, a survivor of a hunger strike three years ago, vowed to populate the gathering of 10 tents with poor people until the end of winter. He dubbed the tents "Reaganville." Park police made no arrests Thursday night, but moved in at 6:30 a.m. Friday, took down the tents and arrested nine protestori, spokeswoman Sandra Alley said. "Siiwere arrested in the park and three were arrested on the Wbite House sidewalk," she said, adding that Snyder wu one of those arrested. Mi- Alley said the protestors could apply for another permit and probably would be allowed to put their tents back up "M long as it's for symbolic purposes and they don't try to camp in them." Earlier, Snyder and other members of the group obtained a permit to feed about 300 people a Thanksgiving meal in the park. j UN Photo ALONE AT THANKSGIVING - One of Washington's poor eata her Thanksgiving dinner in Lafayette Park across from the White House. About 300 needy received free holiday dinners at the park. t

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